Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/05/02

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Subject: [Leica] Jim / Marvin / "Bokeh - Definitive Word"
From: Leikon35 <>
Date: Sat, 2 May 1998 14:48:03 EDT

 Jim - If you never say an other word on the LUG - you will have earned your
 merit  badge by finally, in you own words telling it as it is.
 God bless you in your new found wisdom & I only wish that I had said them.
 Marvin Moss
 In a message dated 98-05-02 13:57:19 EDT, Jim wrote:
 I think that Bokeh is an "art" word. What is "art" to one person is "trash"
 to another. I firmly believe that "good Bokeh" to one person makes an "ugly
 photograph" to another. I like many lenses because of the way I photograph.
 Different people photograph differently. A LUGger, awhile back, reported
 that he was disgusted with any photograph that had a single silver molecule
 out of focus.
 My point is that asking someone to describe Bokeh is akin to trying to
 define art. You'll have to take photographs the way you take them, with the
 lenses you choose, and look at them yourself. Make up your own mind. Even
 though Preston Publications has tried to describe different kinds of Bokeh,
 it seems to me to be very nebulous. It's in the mind of the viewer.